PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Timbers made a flurry of moves this week as the team prepares for next season under new head coach Caleb Porter.
Heading into its third Major League Soccer season, Portland signed goaltender Jake Gleeson, defender Ryan Kawulok and midfielder Rodney Wallace to new contracts. Additionally, the team exercised contract options on eight players from last season’s roster, and declined the option for defender Steven Smith.
The moves came in advance of the league’s re-entry draft. As expected, Portland passed on its pick in the first stage on Friday, and will have the third pick for the second stage next Friday.
Earlier this week, the Timbers acquired defender Michael Harrington from Sporting KC and midfielder Will Johnson from Real Salt Lake in other moves.